Kodiaks weekend wrap-up – MVB finishes on high note
Feb. 20, 2017 – It was an emotional final two games for both Kodiaks men’s and women’s volleyball squads as they entered the final weekend of the ACAC volleyball regular season. With both teams out of playoff contention, they were playing for pride against rival Medicine Hat. Meanwhile, both Kodiaks basketball teams engaged in home-and-home series with St. Mary’s.
MVB – Kodiaks knock off ninth ranked Rattlers
The Kodiaks men’s volleyball team finished their season on an emotional high-note Saturday, knocking off the nationally ninth-ranked Medicine Hat Rattlers 3-1 (25-19, 12-25, 25-19, 25-21).
Lethbridge was lead on the attack by Dax Whitehead with 11 kills and Brandon Quach, who had 10 kills in his final game with the Kodiaks. Libero Andre Pires led both teams with 16 digs in the match.
The win on Saturday helped the Kodiaks avenge a loss to the Rattlers from Friday night. They played well throughout the match but couldn’t overcome a strong Medicine Hat attack, falling by a score of 3-1 (25-21, 25-21, 25-27, 25-19). Whitehead had 13 kills in the defeat, striking for a .478 attack percentage. Pires had 15 digs in his final home game as a Kodiak.
The Kodiaks finished the season with a record of 11-13, just four points behind Briercrest for the final playoff spot in the south division.
WVB – Kodiaks drop two heartbreakers to Medicine Hat
The Kodiaks women’s volleyball team came out on the wrong end of two five-set matches over the weekend, dropping 3-2 decisions on Friday (25-23,18-25,25-13,24-26,15-9) and Saturday (25-20, 25-27, 26-28,25-12, 15-2). Friday night’s match was highlighted by a huge comeback in the fourth set, in which the Kodiaks had trailed 12-2 yet clawed back to win a 26-24 nail biter.
Official stats for both contests are currently unavailable from the ACAC. Lethbridge finished the season with a record of 6-18, six points out of the south division’s final playoff spot.
It was the final weekend of play for graduating players Rhiece Cordes, Jailyn Bayle, Lindsay Glas, Sara Gillis, Laura Serafini and Reina Hirata. We wish our graduates best of luck and thank them for their dedication to our program!
WBB – Kodiaks clinch ACAC south division title
In a much-anticipated clash with second place St. Mary’s, the Kodiaks asserted themselves as an ACAC championship contender with a pair of victories over the weekend, securing the number one seed in the ACAC south division.
The division crown was wrapped up after a 66-58 victory on the road Friday night. Logan Moncks paced the Kodiaks with a game-high 22 points, while Emma Lowry was dominant on the glass once again, contributing a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Free throws were key to deciding the outcome, as Lethbridge sunk 12-14 (85.7%) while the Lightning hit just 8 of their 14 attempts.
The Kodiaks (19-0) were victorious again as they returned home for the rematch Saturday, finishing the sweep of St. Mary’s with another close 73-66 win. Lowry was once again a dominant force, striking for a game-high 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds for her second double-double in as many nights. Moncks chipped in 20 points of her own, while Leah Ekubazgi added an impressive nine points off the bench.
The Kodiaks wrap up their home schedule looking to stay undefeated in the regular season with a pair of home games against the Briercrest Clippers this weekend. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday from the Val Matteotti Gym.
MBB – Kodiaks split pair with St. Mary’s
Looking to get back on track after a pair of losses to Medicine Hat, the Kodiaks continued to struggle Friday night before a breaking out for a big win on Saturday night.
The Kodiaks couldn’t slow down a torrid Lightning offence on Friday, dropping a 100-88 decision while allowing St. Mary’s to shoot 50 per cent from the floor (34-68). Grady Taylor led the Kodiaks offence with 21 points, while Cory Richardson chipped in 15, and Rory Russell had 13 off the bench.
It was a different story Saturday, as the Kodiaks blitzed out to a 36-11 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a 115-61 victory.
The Kodiaks shot 66.7% from beyond the arc, burying eight three-pointers on the night to help build a comfortable lead early. Taylor again led the Kodiaks with 23 points, hitting all three of his attempts from downtown. Robert Miles III had a strong game as well, draining 17 points and adding 10 assists for a double-double.
The Kodiaks (13-6) will conclude their regular season schedule against Briercrest this weekend. Lethbridge has secured a playoff birth and is just two points back of third place SAIT, who will play a home-and-home with Olds.
About the Lethbridge College Kodiaks
Lethbridge College is a member of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and competes against 16 other member institutions from across Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Kodiaks offer ten men’s and women’s varsity intercollegiate athletics programs, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, futsal, cross country and indoor track. The Kodiaks are proud owners of 56 ACAC championships and 11 national titles.